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New Brain Sensor Lets Amputees Move Robotic Limbs

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Leigh Hochberg, neurologist and engineer at Brown University and the VA Medical Center in Providence, R.I. Hochberg is the lead author of a new study that looks at how paralyzed people are able to move robotic arms with their thoughts, due to a microchip that is implanted in their brains that sends neural signals to a computer.
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The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

We may romanticize that strawberries are grown down the road, but most of them come from California. And a complex web of plant cloning practices, relocation and fumigation has cropped up to keep it that way. Although scientists are exploring new options, like soil-free growing.
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A History Of Human Fingers Found In Fast Food

A Michigan teen bit into his Arby's sandwich and discovered a severed finger. It's the latest in a long line of disgusting discoveries of real-life fingers in fast food.
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For Athletes, Dealing With Pain May Be A Big Gain

Studies comparing how athletes and nonathletes tolerate pain show that physical activity can help people dealing with chronic pain learn to cope with it better, researchers say.
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Truvada And At-Home Test Join Fight Against HIV

Truvada is a pill that's already used to treat people with HIV. A daily dose can also significantly reduce the risk of new infection. And a panel recommended the FDA approve an over-the-counter HIV test, OraQuick. Users could test and interpret their results at home in as little as 20 minutes.
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Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Old News

Glenn Close is known for her acclaimed performances in the films Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs, and the TV series Damages. But off-screen, she works hard to reduce stigma and discrimination attached to mental illness, which affects her family.
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Embattled Hospital Debt Collector Taps Politicians For Defense

Accretive Health, under fire for how it collects on health care debts, is fighting back. The company has lined up some political luminaries, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to press its case.

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